Danny Nelissen

Daniel ("Danny") Wilhelmus Maria Nelissen (born 10 November 1970 in Sittard, Netherlands) is a Dutch former professional road bicycle racer and former sports commentator at Eurosport. He won the 1995 amateur world championship and was named Dutch Sportsman of the year. He was the nephew of cycling commentator Jean Nelissen.[1]

Danny Nelissen
Personal information
Full nameDaniel Wilhelmus Maria Nelissen
Born (1970-11-10) November 10, 1970 (age 51)
Sittard, Netherlands
Team information
Current teamRetired
Professional teams
1993–1994TVM–Bison Kit
1998home–Jack & Jones
Medal record
Representing  Netherlands
Men's road bicycle racing
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1995 Duitama Amateur road race

He started his professional career in 1990 with PDM, for which he won his first professional race, the Grand Prix de Wallonie, in 1992. In 1994, while riding for the Dutch TVM team, he developed heart rhythm impairments and returned to ride at amateur level.

The following year in Colombia he won the amateur world championship. He was the last amateur world champion, the UCI replacing the race with a youth competition in 1996. The triumph lead to Nelissen being voted as 1995 Dutch Sportsman of the year. According to Nelissen, his use of a power meter was key to his win: he claimed that he was one of the few riders "(who) had them and knew what they could do" at that time, alongside Greg LeMond and Jonathan Vaughters. All three riders shared the same coach, Adrie Van Diemen. He prepared for the race by tackling the hardest climb on the finishing circuit in a variety of ways to find the tactic which would enable him to complete the climb fastest, settling on riding it at a steady tempo. During the race he was able to use this tactic to catch up to the other riders in the winning break after being dropped by them at the start of the climb. He made his winning break just over a lap from the finish, attacking on a descent and soloing to the finish.[1]

He was brought into the Rabobank team for two years under manager Jan Raas. In the 1996 Tour de France, he wore the polka dot jersey as leader of the mountains classification for a couple of days. Before 1998, he joined the Danish team, Team Home - Jack & Jones (later named Team CSC).

In January 1999, further heart problems brought his retirement at 28.[2]

He is currently the production manager of Dutch Eurosport.

Danny Nelissen was the first Dutch road bicycle racer to admit the use of doping during the years 1996 and 1997.[3] He repeated his confession on Dutch television (RTL7, interview by Wilfred Genee, 21 Jan. 2013).

Major resultsEdit

1st   Overall Giro di Basilicata
1st Prologue Olympia's Tour
5th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
1st Grand Prix de Wallonie
1st Omloop Mandel-Leie-Schelde
1st Stage 6 Vuelta a Aragon
2nd Overall Etoile de Bessèges
3rd Overall Euskal Bizikleta
1st Stage 4
8th Cholet-Pays de Loire
1st Profronde van Heerlen
1st Stage 4 Vuelta Asturias
3rd Veenendaal–Veenendaal
4th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
3rd Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
3rd GP Stad Zottegem
1st   Amateur road race, UCI Road World Championships
1st   Overall Olympia's Tour
1st Stages 8b & 9
1st Stage 3 Tour de Wallonie
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
1st Drielandenomloop
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
3rd Overall Teleflex Tour
7th Overall Vuelta a Murcia
1st Schaal Sels
3rd Overall Hessen Rundfahrt
1st Stage 3
5th Grote Prijs Jef Scherens

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
  Giro d'Italia
  Tour de France 130 84 DNF
  Vuelta a España 94
Preceded by Dutch Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b Fotheringham, Alasdair (28 February 2017). "Danny Nelissen: The flying Dutchman who conquered the Andes". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  2. ^ Danny Nelissen has decided to retire, CyclingNews, January 6, 1999
  3. ^ Jules Seegers: Nelissen bekent als eerste Raborenner dopinggebruik in ’96. (Nelissen confesses use of doping in '96 as a member of the RaboBank team) Source: (Website) NRC Handelsblad, 19 Jan. 2013